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A Dirty Dozen with ROXANNE PARIS from LATE NIGHT TROUBLE – October 2023

| 31 October 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Get ready to embark on a musical adventure like no other with Late Night Trouble’s Candyland. Fusing elements of rock, pop, and alternative vibes, their latest offering showcases an infectious blend of fun, catchy tunes that are set to captivate audiences worldwide and leave fans craving more. Hailing from Canada, Late Night Trouble is a high energy rock band that shows up with high quality performances which captures the audience every time. Late Night Trouble forged their identity by opening for major acts in the Canadian scene and built up an undeniable and rabid fanbase. Their unique blend of heavy rock, pop, and alternative music is one thing that makes them stand out! Some fun and catchy rock tunes you can dance and headbang to, along with a funny sense of humor, are always a great formula to bring you to your happy place. They’re ready to bring their brand of high energy rock worldwide.” We get vocalist Roxanne to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

We have just released our first full-length album, Candyland. We have a lot of fun and catchy tunes that make you want to dance. We don’t take ourselves too seriously! We want the audience to have a good time and forget their daily worries. There’re many little nuggets hidden here and there. You may notice them after a few listens. Our producer, Robin Mahiou did an amazing job adding a little something special to every track on the album, we’re proud of his work. Additionally, there are numerous vocal arrangements that incorporate a male and female voice. This is something we rarely hear nowadays, but it can make us stand out. At times, it seems like there are two main vocalists.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Music has always been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. At the age of 3, my grandfather introduced me to my first singing gig in front of a thousand people, which ignited my passion. This is one of the first vivid memories I have. I knew right then and there that I wanted to do this again. I felt an incredible connection with the art.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I remember seeing Green Day live for the first time in Quebec City, with our bass player Alex. It was clear to us right away that we needed to form a band. We’ve been discussing it for quite some time now. The show motivated us to achieve our aspirations. Late Night Trouble was born a couple of years later from that point on.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Billie Joe Armstrong would be my first choice; it just makes sense with my origins as a singer in a rock band. The reason I’m in a group today is because of his band, so it would be natural to continue the story where it all began.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I enjoy staying active and healthy by going to the gym, running, and maintaining mindful eating habits, just to name a few. I continuously strive to lead a life that is both balanced and fulfilling. Despite my busy schedules, I believe it’s essential to maintain a sense of calm. Discovering and listening to new music, reading good books, relaxing outdoors, and watching TV shows/movies are all activities that bring me great enjoyment.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe, or you disagreed with?

The band draws from a wide range of influences, resulting in a unique sound that defies categorization. Our music is capable of connecting with audiences of all tastes, whether they prefer catchy pop melodies or hard-hitting rock riffs. Just listen and judge. Although it doesn’t make me cringe, I think that’s when people compare me to Joan Jett. I do like her a lot. Don’t get me wrong, she’s badass. I don’t feel like my voice or energy are as similar to hers. It makes me uncomfortable when people refer to us as a female-fronted band often. That term is not something we enjoy. All we want is to be described as a rock band. I don’t consider ‘female fronted rock band’ to be a style. A band should not be defined by their front person’s gender identity.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Cooking is something I love to do. I am a Certified Professional Cook. It’s likely that Seb, our guitarist, and I will be the ones to initiate the celebration by pouring drinks into every person’s hands. Seb will be playing the acoustic guitar in the corner of the room once everyone is settled. He just never stops playing. Alex would be the one doing the drive and telling us when we party too hard. We’re lucky to have him.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Last time I was starstruck was with Steel Panther. I went to see the concert in Montreal. The band invited me (and a bunch of girls) on stage like they are used too. But… at the beginning of the song ‘’Death To All But Metal,’’ Michael Star pointed at me. I pointed at him right back, assuming it was just for amusement. No, he asked me to sing the entire song with them in front of a sold-out crowd. With a surprised face and no idea what to expect, he told me that my voice was great. For a millisecond, I froze. It was surreal. Just the thought of it gives me chills.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Being on stage and sharing my passion for music with others is the best part for me. Interacting with people is something I truly love. I jump into the crowd and party with everyone immediately after shows. I am both a singer and a music journalist at Sound Check Entertainment. I am responsible for covering music events throughout Quebec, Canada. Music is something I am addicted to. If I were no longer able to be a musician, I would still like to continue my music career as a full-time journalist. The mantra of my life is music, music, and music. If given the chance, acting in a TV series, movie, or musical would make me thrilled.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

How are my cats doing today? Just kidding, hahaha. Are musicals something you enjoy? Which musical is your favorite? Yes, I love it. The dancing, the acting, and the singing. What’s not to love? All my favorite things in one place, yes please! Grease, as a movie and musical, is a classic that stands the test of time and has a high value for me. Do you play an instrument or are you just a singer? I believe that the voice is a unique instrument that demands your entire body, mind, and soul. It should be considered as such.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I could have begun my career at a younger age, but I wouldn’t have acquired the maturity and knowledge I have now. So no, I would not change anything. Life is full of surprises, trust yourself because nothing happens for nothing. There is a specific reason why this is happening now rather than before.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Interesting question. After a bit of reflection which convinced me that there are a staggering number of possibilities here. I settled on this – the making of American Idiot album by Green Day. Witness the whole journey of bringing this masterpiece come to life, from start to finish. I have no doubt the experience would be amazing to witness with my own eyes. Now where’s the time machine?





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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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